A Money-lender & a Cooper, 1240
It should be observed that in this case the silent partner is the money-lender, and
that the two share equally in the profits of the cooperage.
In the name of the Lord. In the year of the Incarnation 1240, May eighth. Let it be
known to all hearing this document read that I, Nicholas Dangiers, confess and acknowledge
to you, John de Manduel, that I have had from you, by reason of our partnership, thirty
pounds in royal crowns.... These thirty pounds, according to the agreement had or made
between you and me I ought to look well after, and to do business with them as well as I
am able, and as well as I know how in pursuit of my business of cooper, by buying and
selling to your advantage and to mine. And I promise to repay to you, John de Manduel, the
said thirty pounds with one half of all the profit, agreeing to pay it peaceably and
without molesting you throughout the whole month of August next coming; and for the
completing of this agreement I pledge to you, John de Manduel, all my goods, at present or
in future in my possession, renouncing the twenty days and four months and all other
Done in the house of Raymond of Pavia. Witnesses, etc.
From: L. Blancard, ed., Documents Inédits sur le Commerce de Marseille au Moyen Age,
(Marseilles: Barlatier-Feissat, Pere et Fils, 1884), Vol. I, p. 137, reprinted in Roy C.
Cave & Herbert H. Coulson, A Source Book for Medieval Economic History, (Milwaukee:
The Bruce Publishing Co., 1936; reprint ed., New York: Biblo & Tannen, 1965), pp.
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